How to Remove Mold From Dirt


Mold can be found growing in various areas of your home. Wherever there's a damp, warm location it is safe to assume that mold is, was or will be growing there. Bathrooms, attics and basements are the perfect breeding ground for mold. One area that many people overlook for mold growth is the soil surface of houseplants. The mold growing on the soil surface can be just as harmful to you as any other mold. It can cause allergy symptoms to kick into high gear and aggravate asthma conditions. When you find mold on your plants' soil, deal with it immediately to protect both you and your houseplants.

Step 1

Spray the surface of the soil with fungicide. Choose a fungicide that is safe to use on the specific species of houseplant. Follow all directions and warnings printed on the fungicide label.

Step 2

Position the houseplant closer to a window. This will provide direct and brighter sunlight that will help keep the soil drier.

Step 3

Spread 1 to 2 inches of pea gravel on top of the soil. Pea gravel improves drainage and will aid in the prevention of mold.

Step 4

Remove dead leaves and other debris from the plant's pot.

Step 5

Water the plant when the soil is dry. Over-watering can lead to mold growth. Before watering your plant, test the soil's dryness. If the soil is moist do not water.

Things You'll Need

  • Fungicide
  • Pea gravel


  • Gardening Know How: Preventing Mold In The Soil Of A Houseplant
  • The Garden Helper: Causes and Cures for Mold and Mildew Growing on House Plant Soil
  • Colorado State University Extension: Guidelines for Watering Indoor Plants
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